Dead In Shooting Near Northern California School

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RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) - A gunman choosing targets at random opened fire in a rural Northern California town Tuesday, killing four people at several sites and wounding others at an elementary school before police shot him dead, authorities said.

"At this point the suspected shooter is deceased by law enforcement bullets", Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston told reporters. Johnston said the school had been cleared by 10 a.m. but he did not have any information about the victims there.

The shooting reportedly started at a home and moved to the school, authorities said. The area is about 120 miles (190 km) north of Sacramento.

Officials said they recovered a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns from the shooter.

More than 33,000 people die annually in the United States from gun-related deaths - two thirds of them suicides - according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

One child was shot and wounded at the school. Flint says he had been shooting "hundreds of rounds" from large magazines.

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"We made it aware that this guy is insane and he's been threatening us".

One student at the school was shot and wounded, police said. A school secretary ran out and yelled for the kids to get in the classrooms because someone was shooting at the school.

The shooter is understood to have been killed by law enforcement authorities.

"We offer our condolences to the families who lost loved ones and unite with all Californians in grief", Brown said.

"I have the right to bear arms, and I will protect my son if I have to", she said.

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